Elena Krivolapova began her working career in 1988 at the Pikra brewery in Krasnoyarsk, where she was employed as a production engineer in the fermentation department. In the years which followed, she worked in the filling lines, first in the grade of master and then as senior master of the department. For more than three years beginning in 1995, she held the position of chief of production in the brewery. From 1998 through 1999, Krivolapova was director of the Pikra-26 brewery in Zheleznororsk. From November, 1999 to the present day, she has worked at Pikra JSC in the city of Krasnoyarsk. She was initially director of the supply department and then worked as director of the procurement department. Beginning in January, 2006 she occupied the post of Deputy Executive Director with responsibility for the Department of Administration, Social Issues and Personnel.
Elena Krivolapova was born on August 31, 1969 in the city of Kiselevsk, Kemerovo Oblast. In 1988 she graduated from the Kemerovo Technical and Mechanical Higher School with a degree as fermentation technician. She also took a degree from the Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Non-ferrous Metals and Gold, where she specialised in enterprise management.